POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake) is a project approved by the Lifelong Learning Programme under Key Activity 3 ICT. The project Consortium is a group of organisations across Europe and Canada interested in understanding how better to foster the uptake of OER by governments (national and regional) and groups of educational institutions. The coverage is all sectors of education but with a core focus on higher education and schools. For the summary see http://www.poerup.info
The consortium consists of:
- Two open universities (Open Universiteit Nederland and Athabasca University)
- Two campus universities, but both with capacity in distance education (University of Leicester - the Applicant - and Videoscop - the Evaluator)
- Two specialist e-learning consultancies (Sero - the Coordinator - and SCIENTER)
- One Europe-wide e-learning association (EDEN)
The Project Manager is Professor Paul Bacsich.
The project runs from 1 November 2011 until 30 April 2014 - with final reports due by 30 June 2014.
Current work (May 2012) focusses on collecting and analysing the range of material being produced by other projects especially in connection with the World OER Congress in Paris in June 2012.
The project uses a multi-method research approach to triangulate research data from different sources to gain an in-depth view into the topic. The research is organised into three implementation WPs - 2, 3 and 4 - as follows:
- (WP 2) Produce a global inventory of at least 100 of the most relevant national and other large-scale OER initiatives at the above institution level. This is done by in-depth desk research. This is coordinated by University of Leicester, using methodologies developed by Sero for VISCED, but input from all partners makes sure that language barriers are overcome and needed links used in an optimal way.
- (WP 2) Produce 11 country reports plus 13 more country mini-reports (8 European, 5 non-European). See Country reports. This is coordinated by Sero. The reports are created based on literature review and document analysis of relevant policy papers and country reports from previous projects (OPAL, ICDE, UNESCO especially). If needed, telephone interviews are set up with relevant policy-makers. Every partner produces country reports.
- (WP 2) Foster volunteer effort via IAC to produce more country mini-reports.
- (WP 3) From the inventory in the context of the country studies, select 7 case studies (2 primary school, 2 secondary school, 2 university, 1 "other"). To gain an in-depth view into the dynamics of OER communities we shall use Social Network Analysis methodology (see e.g. http://www.open.ou.nl/rslmlt/). This is a well-known methodology based on sociometrics to get an in-depth view into network structures. Five partners gather all needed case study data but OUNL centrally analyses all data with the necessary SNA tools. Based on the analysis, OUNL writes the recommendations, with contributions from all case study partners.
- (WP 4) Distil lessons from these, the inventory and the country studies to produce 3 EU-wide policy papers: for schools, for universities, and for colleges and other organised education providers. This is coordinated by WP 4 leader SCIENTER, but, especially for this analysis, in-depth discussions are organised with the IAC. This results in a set of policies and guidelines. These results are combined with the recommendations from WP 3 and collected in an on-line handbook.
- (WP 4) Finally press down these reports to the national level with 7 options brief packs for EU nations/regions: UK (England, Wales and Scotland separately), Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, and France - each in the national language with an Executive Summary in the national language and in English.
- Both the process and the outputs are evaluated by WP 7 Evaluation.
- WP 1 Management makes sure all deliverables are produced on time and within the limitations of the budget. WP 1 Management also makes sure that partners meet on a regular basis so that all WP work is centrally coordinated and closely linked.
- This spine is strongly embedded in a body of Dissemination (WP 5) and Exploitation (WP 6) via the IAC and direct ministry links.
- Work packages
- Part D. Project characteristics
- Part E. Impact, dissemination and exploitation, sustainability
- PART F. Action or programme specific information
- POERUP staff